Sound Therapy: An Experimental Study with Autistic Children

Authors: Mahya Abedi Koupaei, Kambiz Poushaneh, Ali Zade Mohammadi, Najmeh Siampour, M.A
Published In: Procedia- Social and Behavioral Sciences: Volume 84, 9 July 2013, Pages 626-630

Objective:
The effect of the Tomatis sound therapy method on the reduction of autistic symptoms in children with autism was studied.

Method:
34 autistic children (aged 4-8 years) were selected from a rehabilitation centre in Tehran and then assigned randomly to two equal-sized experimental and control groups. The experimental group received sound therapy for 30 sessions of 120 minutes. The GARS was administered as the pre- and post-test, before and after the treatment. Meanwhile, the sound therapy profile was used as a basic tool for the remediation plan.

Findings:

This research showed that the Tomatis method can reduce autistic symptoms, increase social interaction, communication, and reduce stereotypical movements, and can be used as an effective treatment for autistic children.

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